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Teeth whitening is the process of removing stains and discolouration from teeth through a bleaching process to make them look "whiter".
Professional home whitening kits
To make a professional home whitening kit, our dentist will take a impression (mould) of your teeth using a special dental putty. Our dentist's technician will then use this to cast a model of your teeth from plaster and make your custom teeth whitening trays from this. Once these trays have been made (usually takes 3-7 days) you use them in combination with professional whitening gel (provided by our dentist) until you are happy with the results. Our teeth whitening system trays need to be worn for only 1-2 hours a day.
Suitability for whitening
Some people are not suitable for teeth whitening and our dentist will assess your suitability during a consultation. If you have gum disease or other dental health problems, you may not be suitable. The teeth whitening process does not change the colour of crowns, veneers or fillings so it is important to understand that you may need to change these to match the colour of your whitened teeth.
How much whiter will my teeth look?
This varies from individual to individual. Some people respond very well to teeth whitening and have dramatically whiter teeth as a result, whereas others may notice very little difference at all. People with heavily stained yellow teeth tend to have more dramatic results than those with slightly discoloured teeth.
Does it hurt? What are the side effects of teeth whitening?
Some people experience no pain or sensitivity with their teeth. However, the majority of people will experience some kind of sensitivity either during and/or after the initial treatment. This is usually described by patients as sporadic, sharp shooting pains coming from their teeth. This should settle down after approximately 48 hours though. It is advisable to avoid hot or cold food and drinks within the first 48 hours of your whitening treatment.